MARTIN FACE-OFF: BLAME IT ON STEVE
THE Chris Martin saga shows no sign of reaching an imminent conclusion, but Derby County boss Steve McClaren says he is the man to blame for the situation, not the player.
Derby want to end Martin’s season-long loan at Fulham, but the Cottagers don’t want the striker returning to bolster a promotion rival, while the 28-year-old himself is now refusing to play for the London club.
Martin has cited injury, but Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic says the club’s medical staff can find nothing wrong with him.
It was assumed the Rams’ recent signing of David Nugent would end their interest in having the Scotland international return early from his loan, but McClaren’s stance is unchanged.
“None of this is Chrissy Martin’s fault. It is me coming back (to Derby) and wanting him back,” said McClaren.
“I have put a bit of pressure on this club and a little bit of pressure on Chrissy. I suppose I have been the cause of it. Like I said when I first came in, to have had Chrissy Martin would be great because I have worked with him.
“From day one I said if there is any possibility to bring him back, we should, and basically the club is acting under that instruction.”
PRESSURE: Chris Martin